IT’S TIME TO BE A SPORT

Af­ter Dan­gal and the MS Dhoni biopic, al­most a dozen sports-based films are un­der pro­duc­tion

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Last year, the Aamir Khan-star­rer Dan­gal, based on wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat’s real-life sto­ries, went on to be­come Bol­ly­wood’s big­gest block­buster. Apart from Dan­gal, 2016 saw over half-a-dozen films be­ing made on var­i­ous sports or sports per­son­al­i­ties. His­tor­i­cally, Bol­ly­wood hasn’t been very high on sports-based films but now, Hindi cin­ema seems to have wo­ken up to the power of the adren­a­line rush that comes with sports-based films. So, while Shrad­dha Kapoor is set to por­tray bad­minton star Saina Ne­hwal on screen, Sonu Sood is pro­duc­ing a film on ace shut­tler PV Sindhu.

“Like love, I feel sports is a uni­ver­sal emo­tion, which is above ha­tred, pol­i­tics or any kind of bound­aries. So, every­one can re­late to it uni­ver­sally. Sports-based films are ex­tremely in­spir­ing and up­lift­ing. They al­ways raise your spir­its and you come out feel­ing vic­to­ri­ous (from the cin­ema),” says Ali Ab­bas Za­far, maker of Sul­tan (2016).

More sports-based films are un­der way. Ap­par­ently, ac­torsinger Diljit Dosanjh will play In­dia’s for­mer hockey cap­tain, San­deep Singh, while a bilin­gual (Hindi and Tel­ugu) film on ace bad­minton player Pul­lela Gopic­hand is also un­der de­vel­op­ment. A film on the In­dian cricket team’s his­toric win at the 1983 World Cup is in the pipe­line, and Ak­shay Ku­mar has al­ready started shoot­ing for Gold, which is about In­dia’s first Olympic medal win as a free na­tion in the year 1948.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Anurag Kashyap is set to make Mukkabaz, as Farhan Akhtar gears up to work with Mo­hit Suri in a film that has boxing as its back­drop. Hrithik Roshan is also be­lieved to have given his nod for a film that will have him play a kabaddi player. And vet­eran di­rec­tor Shyam Bene­gal is likely to helm a film on iconic wrestler KD Jad­hav.

“It’s a great idea to hon­our our real-life he­roes with such films, in­stead of just fo­cus­ing on mind­less come­dies and run-of-the-mill love sto­ries. Also, un­der­dog sto­ries fas­ci­nate you, as you’re al­ways root­ing for them,” says trade an­a­lyst Taran Adarsh.

Like love, sports is also a uni­ver­sal emo­tion, above ha­tred, pol­i­tics or bound­aries. So, every­one can re­late to it ALI AB­BAS ZA­FAR, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER LEE /GETTY IM­AGES

Saina Ne­hwal Kapil Dev (right) and Mo­hin­der Amar­nath with the cricket World Cup in 1983

PHOTO: PA­TRICK EA­GAR/ GETTY IM­AGES

PHOTO: ARIJIT SEN/HT

PV Sindhu

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